VARSITY SERIES MEN’s BASKETBALL
Uni 71 v Trent 59
Wednesday March 14th 2007
Nottingham University Sports Centre
Steve Dew-Jones reporting for Impact
A great day for Uni basketball as both our men and women’s teams battled out convincing victories over fierce local rivals, Trent. This was the icing on the cake of what has been a great year for the men’s first team, winning the league and now getting one over on Trent to wrap things up.
The girls had shown the way earlier on with an emphatic 79-21 victory. Captain Suzy Herton picked up the woman of the match award with a 31-point hauling and bossed the game from start to finish.
A large crowd came in good voice to watch both games, and at half time in the men’s game a Nottingham Knights cheerleading display further enhanced the atmosphere. A vocal Trent support had come to add spice to the contest, but the supporters from the Uni were the ones leaving with the biggest smiles at the end.
A tense opening to the match as both sides missed early chances, but by the end of the first quarter this was clearly going to be a much tighter game than the ladies’ affair. The biggest battle was the contest between our number 7, Captain and President Robin Cross, and his Trent counterpart, the very impressive Hispanic number 10, Hector Oceso’ Garcia. Both playmakers bossed the game and got points from all angles.
However, it was Panos Petrandis, our Greek number 11, who proved to be the greatest difference between the two sides. His strength and aggression was far too much for the Trent defence to handle and he received a standing ovation, as he came off late in the last quarter. His man of the match award was richly deserved after picking up 24 of our points with a dominating display, both offensively and defensively.
The Second Quarter stands out as the time when the Uni boys swung the contest our way. We won the quarter 22-7 thanks to superb contributions from our two leading lights, Robin and Panos, giving Trent too much to do in the Second Half; needing to overturn a thirteen-point gap.
A brave effort from Trent in the Third Quarter wasn’t enough as the Uni boys proved too strong both defensively and on the break. Though we lost the third quarter by seven points, Trent still trailed by 52 points to 46 going into the Final Quarter. It always looked a bridge too far for Trent, who came up short, losing a scrappy last quarter as the Uni doubled their lead at the finish and run away fairly comfortable winners.
A deserved victory by the Uni and Robin told me that it was “the crowning moment of our season. Everyone rose to the occasion well; no one choked and – most importantly for me as captain – we kept together well as a team”. With such a large European Contingent and six different nationalities represented, he told me that “it was so important to play as a cohesive unit, and we did that well”.
The sole disappointment for our Captain was that he got himself fouled out late on in the game. But this did not dampen his spirits and he hailed the great team performance, especially in our dominant Second Quarter, and said that “every player had a job to do and did it well: a great end to a fantastic season”.
CURRENT VARSITY SCORE Uni 4 (Boat Race, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Netball) Trent 3 (Ice Hockey, Men’s Football, Women’s Football)